Bulova 1947 Military Issue

Submitted by bourg01 on
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Here's another Bulova Military I've managed to pick up. It's a strange one though. Marked US, 1917-H on the caseback. Inside she's stamped Star Watch Case Co., Stainless Steel, 2380650, 7197108. This I find kind of odd, 2 serial #"s ??. I've dated it 1947 based on the 1st diit of the second serial #. Mark, Your thoughts on this?? Another odd thing is the use of a 15 Jewel 10BM movement that bears no date stamp of any kind.Until now I have never seen a 15J 10BM in any watch I've ever owned. The pristine dial is a NOS military issue that is identicle to the original, original hands and of course a NOS olive drab canvas band to finish. BTW, Have you folks been sleeping? I picked up 2 Rite Angle's last week, both under $60.00.

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Posted November 14, 2013 - 2:25pm

I've seen a few watches go through lately but missed those Right Angles!

Uhmmm Bulova Military?  Haha... I'll leave it to you militaria guys to determine if this is a legit setup or not.


Posted November 14, 2013 - 3:03pm

In reply to by plainsmen

Yea, I'm with you Jerin. Militaria is not my fortay either. I had to post it though as I've not seen this one before and it would be the 1st on site. I'm certain it's military but has too many questions yet to be answered.

Posted November 14, 2013 - 7:05pm

Very interesting watch. I have never see a military watch with spade hands.

Posted November 14, 2013 - 7:25pm

In reply to by JP

I've seen the hands on A11A's . I'm beginning to think this may date to 1942. It's posted in Cooksey Shugart's guide as a 1940 Military though I don't beleive this case style was used that early.

Posted November 14, 2013 - 7:36pm

Strange that there is not date code on the movement.

There is a 10BM 15 jewel mans watch (non-military) on the bay right now so I guess they did make them.

Posted November 14, 2013 - 9:17pm


Countless Hours of research indicate this Case design first appears post WWII, in 1946 which goes against what is noted in the Cooksey - Shugart price guide and many versed Military Horological Historians are torn between a Case stamped U.S. 1917-H as being used to replace a worn WWI era style (very prone to wear and corrosion) to one that was of actual issue.

The Hour and Minute Hands showing are found on many WWII issue10AK's and again on the late 1950's / early '60's 3818A.

Was the 15J Bulova 10BM a Military issue movement?

I've seen several to Date and honestly do not know, this Watch is also found with the 15J 10AK. 

a humdinger.

Posted November 14, 2013 - 10:29pm

In reply to by FifthAvenueRes…

Thx Mark,

I've never put much stock in Cooksey"s guide anyway. So I can only assume at this point that perhaps my guess at 1947 is a fairly reasonable call.

Yep, a real humdinger with more questions than answers. Still a real looker that I hope Lorraine doesn't take a liking to. She loves her 3818A that she wears daily. I guess gold and diamonds are not always a ladies best friend.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 15, 2013 - 5:55am

Mil Spec is greek to me, I'm going with the flow, as usual.

Interesting comment Shawn, I've purchase my wife a half a dozen Bulovas over the years. Last year for Christmas she asked, by name,  for an Accutron Man's Railroad model. Huh? how did you even know they existed and how, on earth did you know the proper name? Long story short, she got one and wears it 75% of the time!

Posted November 15, 2013 - 4:56pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Yea, Lorraine is very much the same. I bought her the Marquis, a few American girls and now she checks out everything I work on. Definately a Bulova girl. I think it's pretty cool that she shares our passion.

Posted November 15, 2013 - 11:18pm

What ever it is, its certainly very clean...almost NOS clean.

Military style or Military issue?